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MEP takes up cause of RAF airman whose uniform was 'offensive to patients'

South East MEP Janice Atkinson has said she will be asking the chief executive of the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, why they moved an injured RAF serviceman to a side room because his uniform may offend some people.

The first job of government is to protect its citizens, this man was doing his job. He has served this country to protect us, whether you believe our recent armed conflicts were right or wrong.

– Janice Atkinson , South East MEP


Ceremony marks the start of work on Berkshire's first children's hospice

A ceremony in Maidenhead today marked the start of building work on the Alexander Devine Children's Service Hospice.

When it's built, terminally ill children in Berkshire will be able to receive residential hospice care in their own county, for the first time.

Veteran broadcaster, Sir Michael Parkinson, and local MP, Theresa May, were at the site in Maidenhead as building work got underway.


Building work begins on the first children's hospice in Berkshire

Building work begins on new children's hospice. Credit: ITV Meridian

Veteran broadcaster, Sir Michael Parkinson, and local MP, Theresa May, are breaking ground to mark the start of building work on the first hospice for children in Berkshire.

Construction is now underway at Woodlands Park Avenue in Maidenhead.

Up until now, young people and their families in the area have had to rely on services in other counties.

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Plea from father of autistic girl

A father from Kent says his wife killed herself after the strain of looking after their autistic daughter became too much when they didn't get the help they wanted from social services.

Daniel Barnett's wife Carol had a history of depression and alcohol problems but, he says, the authorities should have done more for their daughter.

He wants Kent County Council to send her to a specialist residential school to help her develop - the council says she's better off at home. David Johns has the story.

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